Spyware group defines spyware

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Washington, D.C.—The Anti-Spyware Coalition, a group primarily comprising technology companies and software developers, announced it has drafted a uniform definition of "spyware."

According to the group, "spyware" is something that "impairs users’ control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information."

It has also announced a public comment period to help refine the draft definition. That forum is open through Aug. 12 and can be found at the ASC Web site:

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